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The Torch Award

The 2019 Torch Award Presentation + Culinary Demonstration

FEATURING STEAK TARTARE WITH CRISPY OYSTER 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM, CENTER STAGE

We are honored and excited to announce....James and Julie Petrakis as our 2019 Torch Award recipients! 
Join us Center Stage as we honor this dynamic husband-and-wife duo!

Be prepared for some exciting prizes to be won and food samples provided by
Chef James Petrakis, Chef Julie Petrakis and The Ravenous Pig's Chef de Cuisine, Nick Sierputowski.

 

This is a not to be missed event as we celebrate two culinary leaders and Florida natives, while they educate us! 

The word Torch symbolizes many things including Illumination, Energy, Joy, Victory, Enlightenment, Hope and Education.

The Torch Award, presented by The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show and The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association was created to honor outstanding chefs/and or restaurateurs who embody all those qualities and characteristics. These chefs and/or restaurateurs have been chosen because of: 

  • Outstanding knowledge and leadership
  • Philanthropic and community efforts 
  • Extraordinary talent and creativity 
  • Innovation and inspiration 

 

 

 

JAMES PETRAKIS, CHEF OWNER 
*2019 Torch Award Recipient

JULIE PETRAKIS, CHEF OWNER 
*2019 Torch Award Recipient 

NICK SIERPUTOWSKI, CHEF DE CUISINE

About James and Julie Petrakis

About James and Julie Petrakis

CHEF OWNERS, THE RAVENOUS PIG 

Husband-and-wife duo, James and Julie Petrakis both grew up in Winter Park, Florida and met while studying at the acclaimed Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Collectively, their resumes including working in kitchens spanning from New York City to Atlanta. It was during this time where they gained a strong appreciation for local and sustainable ingredients. The couple returned to Orlando to start a family and open their first concept, The Ravenous Pig, in 2007.

Today, James and Julie are culinary leaders spearheading Orlando’s bourgeoning food movement with multiple concepts in Orlando, including: The Ravenous Pig (2007), an award-winning American Gastropub; Cask & Larder (2012), a Southern Public House featuring seasonal ingredients located in Orlando’s International Airport; and The Polite Pig (2017), a fast-casual concept in Disney Springs combining local Florida flavors with wood-fired, smoked modern barbecue. Their newest venture is The Ravenous Pig Brewing Company (2019), a 3,000 square foot facility that will produce namesake brews, available at both The Ravenous Pig and The Polite Pig and will also feature a future beer garden (2020).  The brewery also brews the Cask and Larder beer line for their airport concept.

James and Julie have been recognized as semi-finalists by the James Beard Foundation for “Best Chef-South” for four consecutive years. They have also received notable accolades from publications, such as Food & Wine, Saveur, and Southern Living. They are also authors of The Ravenous Pig: Seasons of Florida cookbook.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PREVIOUS TORCH AWARD RECIPIENTS...

Geoffrey Zakarian American Iron Chef,
Restaurateur, Television Personality, and Author

 

Caroline Styne, Sommelier & Restaurateur, The Lucques Group 

Allen Susser, Chef/Owner, Chef Allen's Consulting 

Danny Meyer, CEO, Union Square Hospitality Group;
Founder, Shake Shack

Curtis Stone, Chef/Owner, Maude & Gwen

Michelle Bernstein, Chef/Owner, Crumb on Parchment
& Michelle Bernstein Catering 

Drew Nieporent, Owner, Myriad Restaurant Group 

Thomas Keller, Chef & Proprietor,
The Thomas Keller Restaurant Group 

Melissa Kelly, Executive Chef & Proprietor, Primo

Mary Sue Milliken, Co-Chef-Owner, 
Border Grill Restaurants + Truck

Susan Feniger, Co-Chef-Owner,
Border Grill Restaurants + Truck

Norman Van Aken, Chef-Owner,
Norman's at the Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes